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on 16 December 2012
The message from this superb production has to be "It doesn't matter what you do so long you do it". The dynamo that drives the world is trade and so if it suits your interests to support a military coup in a foreign land get in there and (repeat) do it!

The "winners" are in the driving seat here: the boys in their uniforms with their automatic weapons can have fun potting off people during the hours of curfew (and at other times behind close doors), the diplomats can play loose with the truth, the industrialists will fill their order books for fresh weapons and ammunition and so on.

I cannot agree with another reviewer (3 star) that this film is slanderous towards the USA. Its documentation based upon a reality does not preclude other states of the world from being equally duplicitous and cruel in their handling of foreign affairs.

One is left with only one adjective to describe the world our species has created: "SAD".
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on 17 July 2010
Costa Gavras provides a vivid, frightening and compelling fact-based reconstruction of three Americans caught up in a right wing military coup in a fictitious but very believable South American country. A young couple with distinctly liberal tendencies come to the attention of the new authorities and the young man's father (played by Jack Lemmon) who has distinctly conservative tendencies comes to the country when his son disappears. He is initially hostile to the freewheeling lifestyle of the couple and is annoyed that he has to intervene as he cannot understand why they were in the country in the first place but he gradually relates more closely to his daughter in law (played by Sissy Spacek) and can see her point of view. They soon realise that the coup is not a purely internal matter but it had the fingerprints of the CIA all over it. Fear descends across the country, nightime curfews are viciously enforced, hundreds of people are arrested for no good reason and the bodies of innocent people increasingly fill the streets and the hospitals as the authorities crush any dissent real or impagined. Against this background the couple desperately carry out their search until it reaches a tragic conclusion.

Lemmon and Spacek are superb as the searchers and the film's portrayal of a country falling into the hands of an oppressive fascist regime is exciting, frightening and memorable. All concerned with the work are to be congratulated in creating a film of the highest quality.
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on 1 March 2007
Undoubtedly Missing turns out to be a great piece of cinema, one of the brightest works of political film-maker Costa-Gavras. Based on true events, it successfully captures the chaotic atmosphere of Chile during the first weeks of Pinochet government. Crisp and compelling, the story is based on the vain struggle of an American businessman Ed Horman to recover his son, who vanished without a trace during the helter-skelter following the right-wing political coup.

The general mood of the movie fits the story and its backdrop well with a fine score by Vangelis. Acting two controversial characters, Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek both deliver dazzling performances. Costa-Gavras uses an ingenious technique of flashbacks to give the people more deep background and allows them to draw conclusions from what they may have missed. This is the reason that the movie lacked a bit of clarity to the end and it causes little ambiguity.

Contrary to the movie, that Universal DVD is such a "bare to bones" disc. There are no audio options (English mono only). The transfer is poor, pictures are grainy, and of course it lacks special features. What a shame!!! I think this is a kind of movie that really does deserve special edition treatment...
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on 21 February 2015
Very moving and real account of the Pinochet's military dictatorship behavior in Chile . Here is one of the examples of the CIA and USA involvement in the violation of Human Rights at the time..and before the coup . The repression affected anyone regardless the nationality of the person.
Here he was a north American journalist who suffer under the regime. Not far from the terrorist nowadays. With the difference this was a state terrorism .See the film Highly recommended
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on 6 May 2010
I first saw this film in the cinema in 1982, and waited many years for it to come out on DVD. Apparently, the film and book were withdrawn from circulation while a libel action instigated by a former US Ambassador to Chile naviagated the legal system. The case was finally rejected and the film was re-released in 2005.

This is a magnificent film; probably one of the greatest political thrillers ever made. Jack Lemmon is outstanding and should have received an Oscar for his role.

A must buy for those who love great cinema!
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on 10 May 2008
"Missing" has to be one of the best films I've seen. Although the film couldn't be filmed in Chile due to the regime in place there at the time of filming, the architecture and scenery depicted in the film does indeed look strangely like Santiago. There are several features of the film that stand out - what is particularly effective is the use of 'flashbacks' which help the viewer to gradually gain a clearer picture of what is going on. However, unlike many films which either sanitise and glamorise violence - the violence of the coup is depicted as what it was really like - brutal, chaotic and extreme - you get a real sense of fear, and the constant gunshots in the background remind the viewer of the sickening level of violence that existed in the weeks after the coup. The film is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Chile.
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on 7 March 2005
One of the great films of the 1980s and one of the greatest political thrillers of all time, shot through with a palpable sense of menace and at times almost unbearable tension. Costa-Gavras takes the true story of the disappearance and murder of an American journalist, Charlie Horman, and uses it to illustrate the wider story of the United States backed overthrow of the democratically elected government of Chile in 1973, and the mass murder the coup perpetrators initiated in an effort to secure their position.
At the heart of the film is one of Jack Lemmon's finest performances - which in a career that included The Apartment, The China Syndrome and Some Like it Hot, is saying something. Sissy Spacek and John Shea are dependably fine in support, underscoring the still relevant point that ideological dogmatism and mule-headed ignorance of the world invariably leads to the killing and maiming of ordinary, loving people.
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on 26 July 2010
I saw this film years ago and I recorded it on tape. I have looked this film up for truth and I can say this is one of the rarest absolutely true stories there is. Usually true stories are mostly fictitious, but this one isn't. I thought this film was really good.
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on 6 April 2017
excellent and very moving film
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on 19 February 2008
A compelling and thought-provoking movie with great characterisation and wonderful performances. One that can be watched over and over again.
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